November 29, 2006

Reflections on Thanksgiving: What I am Thankful For

Bruce & I were on the fence about whether we wanted to celebrate Thanksgiving (“celebrate a harvest festival in the middle of spring?” Bruce says. Doesn’t feel right), but American ex-pat friends Anne & Scott wanted to introduce this feast of indulgence to their Slovakian friends. And so, any excuse […]
November 28, 2006

Destination: Castle Hill, Canterbury, NZ

About a week ago we decided it was time to get out of the city and into nature and so, with friends Anne & Scott, we went on a Sunday outing to Castle Hill. The morning wasn’t looking so good, with overcast skies and drizzles, but we were ready for […]
November 12, 2006

My new life: Vol 1; Oct 11 – Nov 9, 2006

Ah, we’ve just completed our first month back in New Zealand. And what a month it’s been. We’re absorbing new information at such a rapid pace — my brain is like a sponge and I’m exhausted most nights. We’ve now taken most of our CPIT classes (12 hours of Earth […]
October 31, 2006

Gardens, Gardens, Gardens (of the flowering kind)

This is quite a nice time to be in Christchurch. Everywhere you go, gardens are bursting with color. Everyone’s got a rhododendron or two, big bushy things that bloom for weeks at a time. Christchurch, known as the garden city, boasts over 800 parks & gardens, the most per capita […]